Sloppy Joes

This is such a simple classic dinner. I feel kind of silly even posting it, it’s so simple. But I’ve been making an effort to put some quick easy dinner options on the blog, and well, we ate this last week, so here it is. Plus, sloppy joes are good. And I have had multiple people tell me that these are the best sloppy joes they’ve ever had. People who don’t normally even like sloppy joes. So you might want to give them a try.

The recipe comes from my grandma, passed down to my mom, and then to me. I don’t know if it could get any simpler. Ground meat, onion, a few sauce ingredients, and you’re done! Ready to eat in about 10 minutes, yet absolutely warm and comforting. The only time I struggle with this meal is when I forget to thaw the ground meat the night before (which happens pretty much every time I make it). Incidentally, Mike really likes these, despite the fact that he claims to dislike both ketchup and mustard, which are pretty much the only ingredients in the sauce.

p.s. we served these on homemade buns and they were great!

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Sloppy Joes


1 lb ground meat
1 small onion
1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 cup water
1/2 Tbsp mustard
1/2 Tbsp sugar
sweet relish


Brown ground meat and onion in a large pan. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Simmer until warmed through. Add in sweet relish to taste. Serve on toasted buns.

*My grandma's original recipe calls for double the amount of sauce. I always found this to be too wet for our tastes, so I cut it in half. Adjust according to your tastes.

from my grandma

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8 Responses to “Sloppy Joes”

  1. 1

    Jessica @ How Sweet — April 22, 2010 @ 10:37 am

    This is definitely a classic dinner in my house! My hubby loves sloppy joes. :)

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    Anne Marie — April 22, 2010 @ 12:39 pm

    I always use a can of Manwich for my sloppy joes because I never knew how to make my own sauce. I'm definitely going to have to try this!

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    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — April 22, 2010 @ 7:48 pm

    These look good… They remind me of the sloppy joes my mom used to make for us as kids. Now I want to have some for dinner!

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    Kelsey — April 22, 2010 @ 9:56 pm

    LOVE YOUR BLOG and omg are u creative in the kitchen or what! great food pics!!! xo happy earth day

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    Barbara — April 23, 2010 @ 12:44 pm

    Do you know what, Megan? Nothing is silly to post! Great recipes CAN be simple and would you believe I don't even have a sloppy joe recipe anymore? Copying yours!

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    Chan_808 — April 25, 2010 @ 2:27 pm

    Thanks for sharing receipes. Looks delish, decided to follow to keep posted : )
    check out my blog when you get a chance. I don't do much cooking myself, but have some dining options if u ever make it to Hawaii : )

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    bb and mtb — May 16, 2010 @ 1:55 pm

    Husband asked for Sloppy Joes. Having never eaten one, much less cooked one, I searched Foodgawker and found this recipe. Unsure, I asked Husband for his opinion on the recipe, "Does this look right?" He agreed and I cooked them last night. Holy cow – so good and so easy! Thanks for sharing!

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    megan — May 18, 2010 @ 1:52 pm

    bb and mtb – I'm glad it turned out well for you! Thanks so much for stopping back to let me know :)

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